Patents Assigned to Bio-Medical Research Limited
  • Patent number: 8682452
    Abstract: The invention relates to facial stimulation apparatus configured to be worn in a generally horizontal orientation on a user's head, and which uses the ear (14) as an anatomical reference to ensure correct and repeatable placement of skin electrodes (16a,16b) overlying the human facial nerves (1-5) to facilitate Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS). The apparatus is provided with a headband (22) having a bend or inclination (24) proximate a distal portion (20) thereof on which the electrodes (16a,16b) are attached. The apparatus is provided with an unambiguous location feature such that a vector component between said location feature and the electrode pair (16a, 16b) is fixed and non-adjustable thus ensuring repeatable and accurate positioning of each electrode (16a, 16b). The apparatus overcomes problems inherent in known devices and, in particular, requires no anatomical knowledge on the part of the end user for its safe and most effective placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Limited
    Inventors: Conor Minogue, Shane Ledwidth
  • Patent number: 8494658
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for stimulating pelvic floor muscles in a patient comprises applying at least one electrode externally to each side of the patient's body in the region of the pelvis, and energising the electrodes to apply a muscular stimulation current which flows laterally across the patient through the patient's pelvic floor. Preferably a plurality of electrodes are applied symmetrically on each side of the body. The electrodes may be incorporated in a garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignees: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin, Bio-Medical Research Limited
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Ruth Maher, Conor Minogue
  • Publication number: 20110276108
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for stimulating pelvic floor muscles in a patient comprises applying at least one electrode externally to each side of the patient's body in the region of the pelvis, and energising the electrodes to apply a muscular stimulation current which flows laterally across the patient through the patient's pelvic floor. Preferably a plurality of electrodes are applied symmetrically on each side of the body. The electrodes may be incorporated in a garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicants: Bio-Medical Research Limited, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Brian Caulfield, Ruth Maher, Conor Minogue
  • Patent number: 4832033
    Abstract: A muscle stimulation system which stimulates muscles with electrical pulses supplied to electrodes applied to the skin overlying the muscle comprises a system controller and one or more personally portable stimulator units, each provided with electrodes. The system controller stores data relating to the characteristics of pulses to be applied to the muscle e.g. Trophic or functional or a combination thereof, and is adapted to down-load this data to a personal stimulator unit either by an infra-red link or by programming a programmable memory module which is then connected into the stimulator unit. The electrodes are applied to the skin of the patient and supplied with the pulses programmed into the stimulator unit, the stimulator unit being carried by the patient. The system controller may be adapted to be controlled by a personal computer and may also be provided with its own muscle stimulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Limited
    Inventors: Daniel V. Maher, Conor Minogue
  • Patent number: D472640
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Research Limited
    Inventors: Louis Crowe, Francis Keating, Seamus Monley, Kevin Walsh